Connectivity professional with 20 years of experience in leading teams to success in design, development, and application of wireless technology in manufacturing, consulting, and government. Extensive experience in program management, customer relations, technology transfer, solutions engineering, and business planning.
Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan | A global leader in the automotive manufacturing and financing industries.
2016 to Present
Supervisor – Fleet Telematics and Usage Based Insurance: Responsible for the design, implementation and delivery of Ford’s Fleet Telematics and Usage Based Insurance features.
Global Feature Owner for Ford Motor Company’s Fleet Telematics feature set. Result: More than 175,000 active monthly subscriptions generating over $6 Million per year in revenue.
Global Feature Owner for Ford Motor Company’s Usage Based Insurance (UBI) product offering. Result: Data services contracts currently with seven (7) insurance providers and data aggregators as well as allowing for Ford Motor Company’s white label insurance offering – Ford Insure.
Grow the Fleet Telematics and Usage Base Insurance team 10-fold. Result: Positioned to provide on-going operational support and troubleshooting services to the business teams for both the Fleet Telematics and UBI feature sets.
Provide GPDS deliverables (Specifications, DFMEA and FuSA) across global program lines for Fleet Telematics (including AV and EV programs) as well as for Usage Based Insurance. Result: Met required milestone deliveries for four (4) separate technology bundle launches.
Design and promote new data collection methods for commercial and retail use cases. Result: Potentially reduce data transmission requirements by 80% providing significant cost savings.
Initiate effort to model new data off-loading capabilities. Result: Reduce time to deploy and provide automated testing platform.
Work with a variety of cross functional teams on Plant to Dealer, Mobile Eye and Transport mode data offloading providing guidance and connectivity expertise. Result: Successful initiation of the efforts.
Manage the delivery of mechanical engineering aspects of the effort to provide 3G to 4G conversion kits. Result: Potential savings of approximately $300,000.
Lead teams charged with delivering the mechanical mounting and electrical interfacing of Ford Telematics Powered by Telogis. Result: Allowed for the partnership with Telogis (now Verizon Connect) delivering Ford’s first success Fleet Telematics offering providing over $2 Million per year in revenue.
Lead cross functional teams triaging and identifying root cause for field issues for Ford Commercial Solutions (FCS) global customers. Result: Issue resolution leading to customer retainment.
Interface with Tier1 suppliers providing critical component and software infrastructure. Result: Successful Change Request implementation and defect resolution across three (3) Telematics Control Unit hardware platforms.
Provide specifications and design options for data collection via Fleet Telematics feature on Ford Motor Company autonomous vehicle lines. Result: Redundant data collection for vehicle maintenance and monitoring.
The Manitowoc Company, Manitowoc, Wisconsin | A global leader specializing in products for the lifting industry.
2008 to 2016
Director of Global Telematics: Responsible to senior management for global execution of Manitowoc’s Telematics strategy.
Maintained strategic road map for Telematics considering the state of the market, VOC (Voice of Customer) and available internal / external resources. Result: Delivered strategies reducing data charges $30,000 / month as well as $50,000 / year in internal IT infrastructure costs.
Initiated project to reduce cost of Telematics hardware. Result: Achieved production approval in 3 months that led to $20,000 in savings in the first year.
Led cross-functional team to engineer, develop and implement Telematics products globally. Result: Established CraneSTAR in serial production and provided actionable information on product utilization for customers to maximize crane use and reduce operation costs.
Served as director of Innovation Center in New Port Richey, FL. Result: Introduced HiL (Hardware In the Loop) software testing for Global Engineering reducing testing times 20%. US Patent Application #: 14/590608.
Negotiated new data connectivity agreement to supply global cellular access for CraneSTAR. Result: Delivered 80% savings in data connectivity charges.
Collaborated on a team to provide new methods of monitoring cranes during operation and testing. Result: Provided new methods and tools replacing antiquated system for post-production structural testing. US Patent Application #: 14/399766.
Developed business case, budgets and project time lines to construct a state-of-the-art data warehouse and data analytics system to store and process collected Telematics data. Result: Delivered insight into product utilization for improved quality, better marketing, and reduced engineering cycle times.
Directed the application of CraneSTAR on a new line of branded cranes manufactured by Sennebogen. Result: Achieved implementation resulting in a 5-crane order.
Negotiated Sales and Service agreements with external hardware, software and connectivity vendors. Result: Enabled supply of critical Telematics system components.
Identified methods to reduce complexity and increase scalability of Telematics system. Result: Optimized system performance and provided future tiered product offerings for profit generation.
Communicated with all stakeholders including senior management to report on Telematics program time lines and costs. Result: Delivered consistent program results on time and within budget.
Arêtec, Inc., Charleston, South Carolina | A consulting firm specializing in assisting clients implement wireless technology.
2006 to 2008
Principal: Responsible for business development and providing world class wireless solutions to clients.
Engineered custom tracking solution for the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Result: Enabled knowledge of race team location and condition to ensure safety of race participant.
Recommended the application of wireless solutions for inter-modal shipping container tracking. Result: Expanded product offerings to capture 2 additional clients.
Navigational Sciences, Inc., Charleston South Carolina | A technology firm focused on commercializing government sponsored wireless technologies.
2002 to 2006
Program Manager/VP: Responsible to the CEO and BOD for the management of $10+ Million Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Navigational Sciences, Inc.
Led a project to provide a tracking solution for US Department of State shipping containers. Result: Detected unauthorized entry into overseas shipments.
Directed and transferred government sponsored wireless technology from US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory to the private sector. Result: Won bid for grant totaling $150,000.
STARRS, LLC, Charleston, South Carolina and Washington, DC | A consulting firm focused on delivering remote sensing and GIS solutions.
1999 to 2002
Principal: Responsible for managing daily operations and application of unique Earth Science solutions for customers.
Collaborated on virtual fly-through of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade route. Result: Created nationally broadcast animation which attracted viewers.
Partnered with NBC and NASA to promote use of government Earth Science data on the 13 owned and operated NBC broadcast stations. Result: Satisfied Congressional mandates for public use of NASA Earth Science Data.
SMARTech, Inc., Charleston, South Carolina | A manufacturing firm producing earth stations for government environmental satellites.
1998 to 1999
Design Engineer: Responsible to CEO to deliver the design and application of unparalleled engineering solutions for customers.
Designed unique optical system and accompanying procedures to use the positions of stars to align satellite dishes. Result: Utilized system to meet confidential requirements of the Goddard Space Flight Center.
Engineered a system to transfer Trans-Mars insertion data from the Mars Climate Orbiter back to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California. Result: Captured mission critical data during the transfer orbit to Mars confirming successful transfer orbit.
MBA – Finance, Lakeland University, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, 2018
BS Degree – Physics, The College of Charleston, Charleston, South Carolina, 1998
Remote Diagnostics System Incorporating Hardware In The Loop (HIL) Software Regression Tests
Issued Aug 21, 2018 - US 10,054,920
Crane Monitoring System
Issued Feb 6, 2018 - US 9,886,803
Marine Asset Security and Tracking (MAST)
Issued Jul 2008 - US 7,394,381